Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the
2011/12 ANNUAL REPORT
Mission Statement The primary mission of the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at The Center for Worker Education (CWE) is to provide an excellent education to working adults from New York City and surrounding regions. CWE offers an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree, a Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood education, and a number of certificate programs. CWE serves a population that would be otherwise underserved by the College, and its courses and educational programs are specifically designed for students whose access to higher education may have been limited or interrupted due to financial limitations, work responsibilities, and family obligations. A spirit of open inquiry, curricular innovation, and academic integrity are linchpins of the CWE mission. Equally important are respect for diversity among faculty, staff, and students, and a continuous search for our common ground as learners, teachers, and scholars. In providing its program, CWE seeks mutually beneficial relationships with labor unions, community-based organizations, city agencies, and employers in both the non-profit and private sectors who share our educational mission. With a dual focus on excellence and access, and by reaching out to the community, CWE aims to be a positive force in lower Manhattan and the New York metropolitan area.
Table of Contents Letter from the Dean Juan Carlos Mercado
IAS Chair Update Kathlene McDonald Provides a Year in Review
Master’s Program Update Masters in the Study of the Americas Flourishes at CWE
News Briefs Downtown CWE Subway Ads, Scholarships and Awards, Events, and More
Faculty Books The Power of the Pen
Exhibits at the Center Diverse Artwork and Photography Installations add Richness to the Center
Center for Worker Education at a Glance Student Demographics, Graduation and Retention Data
Quest Update Things Couldn’t be Better for Quest
Conferences Women & Work in the Americas Push for Hip Hop Lecture Series Planting the Seeds
Executive Editor: Elena Romero Assistant to the Executive Editor: Jessica LeBron Writers: Alessandra Benedicty, Marlene Clark, Marc Deitch, Jessica LeBron, Kathlene McDonald and Elena Romero Layout/Design: Richard Zuluaga- ZuQu Media Photography: Cel Garay- Xcel Photo Jessica LeBron Elena Romero Anmole Bhandari
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Study Abroad Bienvenidos a Buenos Aires
Student Spotlight Head of the Class The Third Time is a Charm Working Class Hero
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Teaching Highlights Students at Work
Staff Spotlight Moving on Up
Faculty Spotlight Of the Urban Mindset
Faculty Honors and Achievements
Institutional Friends and Affiliates
Cover Artwork: Shannon Ali “In African lore these magical shells are used by the seeker for spiritual guidance and direction,’ said artist Shannon Ali.” As the “Night Fairy” image began to take shape, I asked myself “who is really speaking to the seeker-is it really the shells or is it Night Fairy?”
LETTER FROM THE DEAN JUAN CARLOS MERCADO
am happy to report that the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education is on a continual growth spurt. A special place since its inception, the Center has been evolving during the past five years in terms of programs, on-campus activities, recruitment efforts, and support staff.
Thanks to the hard work of our dedicated staff and faculty, we have been able to transform the Center into an undergraduate and graduate facility. We continue to offer a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, a BS in Early Childhood Education, as well as a Master of Arts in the Study of the Americas. We have recently secured a letter of intent to launch an MA Program in International Education and Policy. Prof. Elizabeth Mathews will serve as the director of the new MA in International Education and Policy (online MA). Prof. Alessandra Benedicty will serve as the director of the MA program in the Study of the Americas. Both will work together to insure a cohesive branding of our graduate degree programs. We’ve had much to celebrate over the past year. The Book Talk Lecture Series has become one of our most successful
lecture series offered on campus. This fall it will have a special focus on childhood. The Book Talk lecture Series course will look at the interdisciplinary study of the child and will explore issues such as poverty, education, physical design of children’s spaces, the role of media and the institutionalization of young children. Students will attend a series of lectures by authors in the field of studies of childhood and use these talks as a springboard for class discussions. For the past seven semesters, the Book Talk Lecture Series has enrolled 20 or more students for this special course. The lectures have also attracted members of the local Wall Street community to attend. This fall will mark our first attempt to teach the course as a hybrid. Taught by Professor Elizabeth Matthews, the course will meet both in our auditorium and online. This is very exciting as our students are asking for more online and hybrid classes. The Center has been very responsive by increasing our online and hybrid courses all-year round. The Center continues to serve as a hub for cultural events. “The Struggle for Free Speech at the City College of New York: 1931-42,” an exhibition documenting student and faculty political activism at CCNY in the 1930s, was on display during the months of September and October. Carol Smith, a retired CCNY faculty member, curated the exhibition, which was made available courtesy of City College Libraries. The exhibition documented the activism that was spawned by the Great Depression and the rise of fascism in Europe. The exhibit was intended to inform students of the historical events at City College by showcasing photographs, cartoons, graphics, political flyers and publications from the City College Archives, Taminent Library at New York University, the Reference Center for Marxist Studies and the New York State Archives. For Hispanic Heritage Month, the Center and Latino Artists Round Table (LART) presented the first International Colloquium on Hispanic Literature Originally Written in Spanish in New York. An overview of literary works written in Spanish by Hispanics residing in New York from the 19th century to the present was provided to attendees. The keynote speaker was Daisy Cocco De Filippis, and the event included panels and roundtables as well as a presentation of books published by publishing houses Editorial Campana and Artepoética Press. For Black History Month, the Center hosted New York City photographer Darius Vick’s black & white photo exhibit on black motorcyclists entitled “Denim & Chrome.” For the past three years, CWE has promoted hip-hop as part of its interdisciplinary studies through several course offerings including “History, Culture and Politics of Hip Hop” and “Reading Hip Hop: Off the Records, In the Books” lecture series as well as its annual “Is Hip Hop History?” conferences held every February in celebration of Black History Month. The Center recently hosted its 3rd annual Is Hip Hop History? Conference with keynote speakers from both the music and academic worlds. Legendary deejay/producer Pete Rock spoke on the first day of the conference and author Dax-Devlon Ross spoke on the second day. For Women’s History Month, the Center held its Women and Work Conference and hosted a closing reception with the unveiling of an amazing exhibit entitled “Feminina” by renowned artist Andrea Arroyo. These are just a few of the exciting events that have taken place at the Center. You will find more about our accomplishments and the Center’s progress in the pages of this report. I hope that they will inspire you to join me, our staff, faculty and students as we all work towards building an even greater, better, stronger CWE.
Juan Carlos Mercado, Dean
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IAS CHAIR UPDATE KATHLENE MCDONALD PROVIDES A YEAR IN REVIEW
research and will draw on courses in literature, film, history, psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, urban planning, public administration, law, and education. Led by Prof. Elizabeth Matthews and with funding from a federal Title V grant, we expanded our online and hybrid course offerings. These courses provide much-needed flexibility for our working adult students, and Prof. Matthews has ensured that the faculty members teaching these courses are grounded in best practices in online pedagogy. This summer, we will be offering a cohort of online and hybrid classes, targeting high-enrollment, high-need courses across the curriculum. In order to support students in these courses, as well as all CWE students who want to develop their technological literacy, we began offering tech support services through CWE’s Tech Support Specialist, Ms. Michelle Baksh. Faculty were fortunate to have a new professional development opportunity through the Film Learning in the Classroom (FLICR) workshop series, sponsored by a grant from Verizon and led by adjunct instructor and film studies guru Ron Kopp. These workshops provided faculty with a set of tools to develop students’ critical thinking and writing skills through the use of film. The effects of this workshop can be seen in both our Core and elective classes, as faculty members have successfully integrated innovative assignments involving films in
his past year has been a rich and exciting one for the Department of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.
We initiated some
key curricular changes, most notably our pilot semester of
courses ranging from science to sociology. Our MA Program in the Study of the Americas continues to grow and thrive.
Several students completed capstone projects while others
an Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies course in Spring 2012.
began thesis projects, and we will be graduating our first MA students
Prof. David Eastzer developed the inaugural version of this course,
structuring it to explore some of the ways that different disciplines have
Prof. Elizabeth Matthews wrote a Letter of Intent for a new online MA
approached the topic of “Being Human.” He provided a fascinating and
Program in International Education and Policy.
enriching experience for the students and got us off to a great start for
Council approved the Letter of Intent in May, and Elizabeth will shepherd
this important course, which will eventually become a required course
the program through the proposal stage next year. This new program
for all the concentration areas.
will provide exciting graduate opportunities for many of our current
Both full- and part-time faculty spent much of the year assessing one
students, and the online format will make the program accessible to
of our current Divisional Learning Outcomes: Students will be able to
students across the country and around the world.
produce an in-depth work of original research and writing using an
Sadly, we will be losing one of our key faculty members, Prof. Lotti
interdisciplinary approach. The faculty engaged in several discussions
Silber, who will be joining the Anthropology Department uptown starting
and workshops to assess our effectiveness in teaching research
in the Fall. However, we have a search underway for her replacement,
skills and to determine best practices for scaffolding research skills
and we look forward to welcoming a new faculty member in the Social
throughout and across our curriculum. These ongoing discussions will
Sciences next year.
The CLAS Faculty
be useful as we prepare to develop 400-level capstone courses for all our concentration areas. Additionally, several members of our faculty and staff developed two new interdisciplinary concentration areas: one in Urban Studies and Policy and one in Child and Family Studies. These new concentrations will provide students with new opportunities for interdisciplinary
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MASTERS PROGRAM UPDATE MASTERS IN THE STUDY OF THE AMERICAS FLOURISHES AT CWE
CWE in Early Stages of Adding Second Masters Degree The Center has recently proposed a Master’s Program in International Education & Policy. With its focus on education, the program plans to offer students the opportunity to critically evaluate international education theories, practices, policy, assessment practices, program evaluation, ethics and human rights. In this program, students will examine and evaluate the impact of globalization as well as cross-national political and economic trends that shape values and practices in education. The program will enable students to consider educational
practices and policies comparatively. Students will apply best
he M.A. in The Study of the Americas at CWE continues to grow. Ten
practices in both development and assessment to their own
new students joined the program in September 2011; an additional
professional environments and interests.
two began their studies in January.
internships in international education and study abroad will
Students are getting ready to leave the program as well. We expect to
also be available to students enrolled in the program.
graduate our first two M.A. students on June 2, 2012. Katawba Battersbee
The goals of the proposed MA are to enable working adult
and Cristian Santana, both CWE undergraduate alums, will be receiving a
students who complete an undergraduate course of study in
June 2012 – Master of Arts, the first graduates of the Study of the Americas
the division to pursue graduate studies which will enhance
program. In addition, three students are currently working on thesis projects,
both their liberal arts knowledge base and their critical
with two expecting to complete by the end of the summer semester.
analysis skills in thinking, reading, and writing. “We believe
One of our summer graduates, Bonnie Ip, who was one of the first students
that this program will provide an additional course of study
to join our program, will begin her studies in the M.A./Ph.D program in
that complements our undergraduate bachelor’s program in
sociology at The New School in September.
Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, and will appeal to other
Marlene Clark has been faculty advisor for the students of the M.A. program in the Study of the Americas this year while former Director, Lotti Silber, was
potential students who may wish to enter the program,’ stated Elizabeth Mathews, who will serve as the program’s director.
away on sabbatical leave. Next year, Prof. Alessandra Benedicty will direct
This proposed degree program evolves, in part, out of
students’ interests in education, policy and related fields as well as the market demand for degrees with a global or international focus. CWE hopes to reach professionals who are already teachers, who are teaching abroad and who are working in education in a non-pedagogical role, in New York, the United States and abroad. Additionally, it wishes to serve those students who need a flexible, low-residency graduate program, by offering the needed courses in an asynchronous, online format using CUNY’s BlackBoard. “We see this MA as part of our overall strategic plan to be a leader in offering innovative, flexible, interdisciplinary education programs to working students,” said Dean Juan Carlos Mercado.
Photos: Elena Romero
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NEWS BRIEFS DOWNTOWN
and the QUEST Award for Leadership, Scholarship & Community Service was awarded to Jennifer Duran. The Hartmann Scholarship Fund was awarded to Ayanna Richberg. Her tuition scholarship will cover both her fall 2012 and spring 2013 tuition.
Panel Discussion on Turning Point in Developmental Disabilities Services Forty years ago Geraldo Rivera Photo by Cel Garay/XCEL Photo
exposed the horrific conditions at the Willowbrook State School on Staten Island which warehoused over
exposé ‘Willowbrook: The Last Great Disgrace’ contributed to a social revolution in how developmental
CWE Debuts on Subway Platforms CWE expanded its advertising campaign in 2012 to include subway platform ads. Enlisting CWE alum Mary Eustace, media buyer at Dom Camera, CWE began its aggressive subway campaign in the spring semester. Simultaneously, it also ran ads on the Staten Island Ferry and its
disabilities services are delivered today. It was 25 years ago that under Governor Mario M. Cuomo Willowbrook was closed. ‘A Promise Fulfilled’ can be read on a memorial stone which was erected to commemorate the closing, but did New York State keep its promise of comprehensive community living options for people with developmental disabilities?
terminal. CWE casted graduating senior Jessica LeBron, who commutes
Last year’s exposés in the New York Times threw a shadow on the
to CWE from the Bronx, as its model. The ad campaign ran March through
social revolution and the promise of community care for all people with
the end of June and was spotted in all five boroughs.
developmental disabilities. The series of articles under the heading ‘Abused and Used’ highlight tremendous shortcomings, horrendous abuses, and avoidable deaths. The series also raised questions about wasteful Medicaid spending and financial abuse. Governor M. Cuomo came into office with a reform agenda which included the reining in of Medicaid spending. His Medicaid Redesign Team proposed a managed care system. The New York Times exposés also prompted an overhaul of the State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, which is now
Photo: Elena Romero
pursuing an ambitious reform agenda. CWE held a panel discussion entitled “40 Years After the Willowbrook Expose: Learning from the Past – Envisioning the Future” in May to address some crucial questions at this turning point in developmental disabilities services in New York State. The panelists included Dr. Mariette J. Bates, Maria Bowen Chapin scholarship board members with student award recipients
Academic Director of Disability Studies programs and Distinguished Lecturer at CUNY’s School of Professional Studies. She began her career
CWE Hosts 2012 Scholarships and Awards Celebration
as the Program Director of Geraldo Rivera’s foundation One to One,
A total of 26 scholarships and awards were given out at the recent 2012
and training of court monitors and Special Masters overseeing institutional
Scholarships and Awards Celebration at CWE. A total of five students
reform. Also on the panel was Lisa Severino, a self-advocate with the Self-
were among the 2012 graduating seniors. The CWE Dean’s Awards for
Advocacy Association of New York State, Emily Holl who represented a
Academic Excellence went to John Biswas and Margarita Kravchenko; the
siblings perspective, Evelyn Alvarez, Senior Vice President at HeartShare
Edward Rivera Prize for Autobiography was awarded to Shari Perlman; the
Human Services, and Travis Proulx, Director of Cummunications at the
Samuel Wallach ’29 Award for Educators’ award went to Theresa Falcón
NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.
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created in the wake of his exposé of Willowbrook State School, where she was responsible for grant-making, technical assistance to grantees,
CWE Premieres Documentary About Gun Violence
200 graduates, including two of the Center’s first graduating MA students. The ceremony honored the late Stanley Feldstein, former CWE Adjunct Associate Professor, who died in October 2011, after a short battle with lung cancer. Feldstein taught history at CWE for many years and was well loved by students, faculty, and staff. Graduating students then participated in the CCNY Commencement. Each division sported a new banner, while students were given tassels in the
(From Left, Clockwise) Ja’Vese Phelps-Washington, Leslie Willis-Laurie and film director Sixx King
Sixx Degrees Films tackled the issue of Black on Black crime and the mothers who lose their sons to it in a 5- minute documentary, “Mothers of No Tomorrow – Genocide American Style,” which made its college debut
CWE Salutatorian Theresa Anne Falcón and CWE Valedictorian Margarita Kravchenko at CCNY Commencement Ceremony
at CWE on May 11. The film followed three mothers who lost their sons
to violence. Sixx Degrees CEO Sixx King, who spoke at a film Q & A at the Center, took his mission of telling their stories seriously. Prompted by the “loss of lots of friends” to violent crimes, the 35 year-old writer, producer, director, actor and activist “thought about what my mother would have to go through if something happened to me. No parent should have to write their child’s obituary. That’s not the natural order of things.” Former NBA pro basketball player John Salley, moved by his own personal experience of a friend lost too soon, signed on as executive producer of the film. Previous screenings of “Mothers of No Tomorrow – Genocide American Style” have been screened at the Enon Tabernacle Baptist
(From Left) Debbie-Edwards-Anderson, Sean Woods, Nina woods, Prof. soye zaid-Muhammad
Church in Philadelphia, PA. Two of the mothers featured in the film traveled and Leslie Willis-Laurie were able to answer questions after the film and
CWE Adds More Online classes to Summer and Fall Schedules
captivated the audience by their remarkable strength and courage to
As more and more working adult students find a need to take online
discuss their personal stories.
classes, CWE has responded to the demand by increasing its online
CWE Hosts its Second Annual Graduation Convocation
offerings. This summer, CWE will offer five online classes (The Short Story;
from Philadelphia for the screening. Ja’Vese (javeez) Phelps-Washington
For years, CWE students have always asked why CWE does not have its own graduation ceremony. Last year, President Lisa S. Coico granted CWE students their wish as well as CCNY’s other divisions. 2011 marked the first time in CCNY history that each division would host its own graduation convocation. CWE’s ceremony was held at the Marian Anderson Theatre at
Life Experience Workshop; Masculine/Feminine: Success, Failure, Gender and Race; Child Psychopathology; and Public Economics), and one hybrid course (Corporate Communications). In fall 2012, CWE will offer two online courses— the Psychology of Parenting and Sociology of Education. Much credit can be given to Professor Elizabeth Matthews, who has led the push for online teaching at the Center.
Aaron Davis Hall at City College. In 2011, 180 graduates, along with their family and friends, gathered for the two-hour ceremony and reception. The second annual CWE graduation convocation held May 30, 2012 celebrated
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color designated for their division. CWE tassels are now burnt orange.
FACULTY BOOKS THE POWER OF THE PEN CWE FACULTY MEMBERS PUBLISH BOOKS ON EVERYTHING FROM HISTORY TO FASHION
everal part-time and full-time faculty members have published
This critique of American domestic ideology emphasized the ways in
books in the last year. From self-published to titles linked with
which black and working-class women were particularly affected and
distinguished academic presses, each title is as unique as the
extended to an examination of women’s roles in personal and romantic
writers themselves. From German philosopher Martin Heidegger to the
relationships. Underlying this critique was the belief that representations
evolution of hip hop fashion, each author critically examined fascinating
of women in American culture were part of the problem. To counter
topics and placed them into context. Each book is a good read whether
these dominant cultural images, women writers on the Left depicted
for pleasure or classroom instruction.
female activists in contemporary antifascist and anti-colonial struggles or turned to the past, for historical role models in the labor, abolitionist,
Martin Woessner, Assistant Professor Author, Heidegger in America (Cambridge University Press 2011)
and anti-suffrage movements. This depiction of women as models of agency and liberation challenged some of the conventions of femininity in the postwar era.
Heidegger in America explores
The book provides a historical overview of women writers who
the surprising legacy of his life
anticipated issues of women’s oppression and the intersections of
and thought in the United States
gender, race, and class that would become central tenets of feminist
of America. As a critic of modern
literary criticism and black feminist criticism in the 1970s and 1980s.
life, Heidegger often lamented the growing global influence of all things
It closely considers works by writers both well-known and obscure,
American. But it was precisely in America where his thought inspired
including Lorraine Hansberry, Alice Childress, Martha Dodd, Sanora
the work of generations of thinkers – not only philosophers but also
Babb, and Beth McHenry.
theologians, architects, novelists, and even pundits. As a result, the
Irina Carlota Silber, Associate Professor Author, Everyday Revolutionaries: Gender, Violence, and Disillusionment in Postwar El Salvador (Rutgers University Press, November 29, 2010)
reception and dissemination of Heidegger’s philosophical writings transformed the intellectual and cultural history of the United States at a time when American influence was itself transforming the world. A case study in the complex and sometimes contradictory process of transnational exchange, Heidegger in America recasts the scope and
In Revolutionaries on the Postwar
methods of contemporary intellectual and cultural history in the age of globalization, challenging what we think we know about Heidegger and American ideas simultaneously. Kathlene McDonald, IAS Chair Author, Feminism, the Left, and Postwar Literary Culture (University Press of Mississippi, July 2012) Kathlene McDonald provides a cultural history of women writers on the Left and the roots of feminist
new book traces the development of a Left feminist consciousness as women became more actively involved in the American Left during and immediately following World War II. McDonald argues that women writers on the Left drew on the rhetoric of antifascism to critique the cultural and ideological aspects of women’s oppression. In Left journals during World War II, women writers outlined the dangers of fascist control for women and argued that the fight against fascism must also be about ending women’s oppression. After World War II, women writers continued to use this antifascist framework to call attention to the ways in which the emerging domestic ideology in the United States bore a frightening resemblance to the fascist repression of women in Nazi Germany.
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chronicles the political violence, collective trauma, and continued injustice facing the people of El Salvador as they transition to peace and democracy following the twelve-year civil war between the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front and the Salvadoran government. The book is centered largely upon twenty months of fieldwork spanning from 1993-2007 in the former war zone of Chalatenango. Following the war, this area was the focus of national and international reconstruction projects. The book is mainly structured around two central moments, the immediate postwar period of reconstruction (1993-1998), and the more recent period of emigration to the United States (2000-2007). Giving a long term view of what happens in the aftermath of a protracted war, Silber traces the lives of the rank and file members of this historic struggle for justice and reconstruction, following community members along their journey from revolutionary activists to postwar development recipients and ambivalent grassroots actors, to in many cases now undocumented migrants. Silber pays particular attention to the gendered dimensions of the clash between a revolutionary social project and the demands of postwar reconstruction and neo-liberalism. She argues that the dynamics of postwar rebuilding served to re-marginalize members of destroyed communities.
Elena Romero, Academic Advisor/Communications Coordinator & Adjunct Lecturer Author, Free Stylin’: How Hip Hop Changed the Fashion Industry (Praeger, April 30, 2012)
Joanna Clapps Herman, Adjunct Professor Author, The Anarchist Bastard: Growing Up Italian in America (Excelsior Editions/State University of New York Press, March 2011)
Elena Romero’s first book, Free
Joanna Clapps Herman’s most
Stylin’: How Hip Hop Changed the
Fashion Industry chronicles and
The Anarchist Bastard: Growing
critically examines how hip hop celebrities and urban designers carved
Up Italian in America, begins, “I was born in 1944 but grew up in the
their own niche in the $192 billion dollar apparel industry. “The tale is as
15th Century.” With that, Herman neatly describes the two worlds she
historic as it is controversial,” states Romero. “For years, designers and
inhabited while growing up as the child of Italian American immigrants
manufacturers have taken their cues from the streets to enhance their
in Waterbury, Connecticut, a place embedded with values closer to
clothing lines. But it wasn’t until the eighties that the urban consumer
Homer’s Greece than to Anglo-American New England, where the ethic
was recognized as a viable demographic. Looking to appeal to young
of hospitality was and still is more Middle Eastern and North African than
customers, the industry began hiring and backing talented African-
Anglo-European, and where the pageantry and ritual were more pagan
American designers and entrepreneurs.”
Mediterranean than Western Christian. It was also a place where a stuffed
An unconventional union on the surface, the pairing made a lot of business sense.
Seasoned fashion executives brought proven track
records while aspiring designers provided street credibility, music connections and a fresh perspective on design. The end result: a multibillion dollar industry. Through interviews with urban designers, retailers, trend forecasters, music experts and Hip Hop celebrities, Free Stylin’
monkey wearing a fedora sat and continues to sit on her grandmother’s piano, and a place where, when the donkey got stubborn and wouldn’t plow the field, her grandfather bit the animal in a fury. In essays filled with wry humor and affectionate yet probing insights, Herman maps and makes palpable the very particular details of this culture--its pride and its shame, its profound loyalty and its Byzantine betrayals.
explores how hip hop transitioned from the hood to the runway; how race, ethnicity and culture played into commercialism; how celebrities impact the fashion industry; and ultimately what led major department stores to jump on the urban bandwagon. Foreword by “The Shark” Daymond John, Co-founder, Fubu The Collection; star of ABC’s The Shark Tank and author of The Display of Power and The Brand Within. Photographs courtesy of legendary Hip Hop photographers Jamel Shabazz, Ernie Paniccioli and Ronnie Wright. Dan North, Adjunct Lecturer Author, Slow Walker (2011) 52 beautifully constructed essays depicting a year of one retired journalist and his love of walking
CWE Librarian is also a Playwright Seamus Scanlon, CWE’s librarian, is also a playwright. He
in the woods. Although Dan lives
recently had his one-act play, “Dancing at Lunacy” performed
in a city, he reports to getting
off-Broadway. Originally from Galway and currently living
a little “jittery” if away from the moss covered ledges of the nearest wooded land. Dan North is “The
in New York, Scanlon won the 2011 Fish One Page Story
Slow Walker.” Dan North was born in New York City in 1935. After
competition and the 2011 Gemini Magazine Short Story
graduating from college in 1955 Dan hitchhiked and drove around the
competition. “Dancing at Lunacy” has won praise from the
United States for four years, working mainly in construction. From 1959 until he retired from full-time work in 1999, Dan served as a reporter for daily newspapers and as an editor for a labor union magazine. Dan is
Huffington Post, Back Stage and Inside New York not to mention the Galway Independent.
now a part-time writer, editor and teacher. North has co-authored Not For Bread Alone (Cornell University Press, 2002), the memoir of hospital union leader, Moe Foner.
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EXHIBITS AT THE CENTER DIVERSE ARTWORK AND PHOTOGRAPHY INSTALLATIONS ADD RICHNESS TO THE CENTER
ince relocating to the Wall Street area in 2007, CWE has worked to
The exhibit addressed an important time in history describing a series of
create dialogue amongst students, staff, professors and communities
events that took place at City College as it pertained to student and faculty
around the arts. CWE has been exhibiting diverse artwork and
political activism, free speech, protests against militarism, social and
photography installations as its way of showcasing the work of emerging artists while servicing the downtown community. A variety of art, film, and music courses are offered every semester and a number of faculty members conduct research focusing on visual arts. These include Prof. Marlene Clark’s work on De Kooning, Prof. Carlos Aguasaco’s work on superheroes and Mexican identity, and Prof. Alessandra Benedicty’s work on the aesthetics of Vodou and Santeria. Free and open to the public, the CWE art gallery space has covered a wide range of topics from free speech to black motorcyclists in America. Here are some highlights from our most recent exhibits:
The Struggle for Free Speech At The City College of New York (1931-42) September 6-October 28, 2011
economic injustice at home as well as the threat of fascism abroad. The exhibition documented the activism that was spawned by the Great Depression and the rise of Fascism in Europe. The activism of faculty and student radicals resulted in repeated crackdowns by the College administration and outside political forces to limit dissent on campus. The New York State Rapp-Coudert Committee, (1940-42) a legislative committee investigating “subversive activities” in New York City’s public schools and colleges ultimately resulted in the dismissal of 50 CCNY faculty and staff. “The exhibit was intended to inform students of the historical events at City College,” said Smith, who previously co-curated exhibits at Princeton University and New York University. “It was our hope to encourage thought and reflection on academic freedom and the right of free speech on college campuses so as to avoid some of the errors and injustices that were perpetrated in the past as this debate continues today.” The exhibit was divided into two sections: Part I covered student activism, Part II focused on faculty activism and the ensuing repression. The exhibit concluded with the apology by the Board of Higher Education in 1981 for dismissal of the faculty and staff in 1941-42. Photographs, cartoons, graphics, political flyers and publications from the City College Archives, Taminent Library at New York University, the Reference Center for Marxist Studies and the New York State Archives were used. Several displays highlighted the graphics of Hugo Geller, William Gropper and Harry Gottlieb from the United American Artist Workshop Group, protesting the actions of the Rapp-Coudert Committee. The exhibit was first mounted at the Morris Raphael Cohen Library, The City College of New York and has also traveled to the CUNY Graduate Center, NY Technical College, Baruch College, Salt Lake City Community College and The American Labor Museum. Inner Environments: New Paintings from Florencia Fraschina and Andrea Cukier November 10, 2011 through January 25, 2012 Argentine Artists Florencia Fraschina and Andrea Cukier worked from diverse perspectives to bring together their first art installation in 15 years entitled Inner Environments. The former graduate art classmates chose a total of 25 painting to display. Both artists consider themselves heirs of an Argentine artistic lineage of painters who, in spite of the changes and tendencies of the
Curated by Carol Smith, a retired CCNY faculty member of the Department of SEEK Counseling and Student Support Services, “The Struggle for Free Speech at the City College of New York: 1931-42” was an exhibition documenting student and faculty political activism at CCNY in the 1930s, This traveling exhibit was made courtesy of the City College Libraries. Additional funding was provided by the Puffin Foundation and Yip Harburg Foundation.
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twentieth century, used unassuming and traditional techniques to convey an intense emotional engagement with the pathos of a place. Cukier’s ambiguously abstract landscapes are somber, meticulously crafted, pieces. Their complex atmosphere evokes clouds, mist, and reflections of changing light on water. Her brushstrokes reveal elements resembling barbed wire, fleeing birds and industrial debris. Full of anticipation and
mystery, Fraschina’s visceral work boldly depicts aspects of human frailty through voluptuous figures and vigorous colors. Her interior scenes give
Denim & Chrome: The Evolution of Black Bikers February 1-28, 2012
us a subtle sense of loss and hope.
Denim & Chrome by noted New York City photographer Darius Vick was an exhibit of 20 black & white photographs illustrating Black bikers in America. While a variety of subcultures and lifestyles have been built up around motorcycling, The Denim & Chrome exhibit captured the lives of the modern day black biker. Vick’s photographs tell their part of this American pasttime.
The Denim & Chrome exhibit focuses on the modern day Black biker
As a freelance photographer born and raised in New York City, Vick has been greatly inspired by metropolitan life and its rich culture. Vick made his natural transition into photography in 2006 after working in video and film for five years at brand management company Sundree LLC. Selftaught, Vick’s work has been featured in an array of magazine publications including Essence, Men’s Fitness and Set. His work has also included a variety of clothing designers and commercial clients including Alador & Smith, Le Rich Couture and Luxirie, the women’s brand of LRG. Vick spent the last three years chronicling the lives and the stories of the modern black urban riding community through the lens of his camera. Traveling throughout major urban cities including New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles, Vick brilliantly captures the intriguing Broken Passage
subculture of the black riding community. The result is an extensive collection of over 8,000 images that highlight black bikers working on their bikes to the various landscapes in which they ride. “There has always been something very cool about riding a motorcycle,” said Vick, an avid hardtail chopper rider. The bike he rides carries the camera that captures a lot of the images found in the Denim & Chrome project. “I selected 20 images for this exhibit that captured the classic Americana spirit of the black biker lifestyle.” The exhibition displayed bikers in a variety of settings— hanging out at Habana Outpost in Fort Greene, Brooklyn; a guy doing some wrenching on a bike in his garage in Howard Beach; a biker building his bike in his living room; a biker/mechanic/bike builder pondering over an old Harley in his garage; a biker in the middle of Manhattan posing for the camera; a biker at Orchard Beach bike show in a very nostalgic outfit; an older gentleman passing by with his two dogs in a basket wearing biker goggles; a biker riding with no hands taking a stretch on a long road to Oak Beach Inn (OBI) in Oak Beach, Long Island; an early Sunday morning biker hangout
; a biker in a photo studio posing with a very expensive cigar; a group of
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EXHIBITS AT THE CENTER DIVERSE ARTWORK AND PHOTOGRAPHY INSTALLATIONS ADD RICHNESS TO THE CENTER
fluidity of movement that characterizes the figures in her work. Andrea Arroyo is a Mexican-born, New York-based artist whose work is exhibited widely. She is a self-taught visual artist with a background in contemporary dance (she trained with Merce Cunningham). She was selected by President Bill Clinton to create the “Clinton Global Citizen Award.” Other honors include the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century Award, Groundbreaking Latina in the Arts, Official Artist of the Latin Grammys, New York City Council Citation Award for Achievement in Art, Outstanding Latina of the Year, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance Awards, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Awards. Her works are bikers posing in a parking lot with bikes and a old-school Lincoln; to a biker
in numerous public collections (The
on a street corner in Williamsburg, Brooklyn wearing a tricked-out Harley
Library of Congress, The Smithsonian Institution, The NY Public Library,
Davidson leather vest.
National Museum of Mexican Art, etc.) and in many private collections
Feminina March 23 to April 28, 2012 “Feminina” featured 20 works based on characters from world history and
around the world. She has completed permanent Public Art projects for New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the New York School Construction Authority, and CITYarts, among others.
mythology. Arroyo’s work continued to celebrate femininity and strength, as she explored notions of gender, race, and identity. Featured works in the exhibit include Egyptian Night Goddess (image above,) Lilith, Cleopatra, Aphrodite and Malinche, all based on powerful female characters from world cultures. Arroyo’s background in the field of dance is reflected in the Xochiquetzal: Aztec Goddess of the Earth
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Red Lilith: The First Woman
CENTER FOR WORKER EDUCATION AT A GLANCE STUDENT DEMOGRAPHICS, GRADUATION AND RETENTION DATA
CUMULATIVE CREDITS EARNED BY CWE STUDENTS BY AGE 22.6%
CWE STUDENT POPULATION BY GENDER
10 FEMALE 84.3%
ASIAN/PACIFIC ISL. 5.5%
NEW JERSEY 0.7%
LONG ISLAND 1.0% OTHER 1.8%
STATEN ISLAND 3.5%
CWE STUDENT POPULATION BY ETHNICITY
WHITE, NON-HISPANIC 13.2%
CWE STUDENT POPULATION BY RESIDENCY
BLACK, NON-HISPANIC 35.2%
PART-TIME <=5 CR. 13.7%
UNDERGRADUATE CWE STUDENT POPULATION MAJORS
LIBERAL ARTS 66.6%
CWE FALL 2010 COURSELOAD
FULL-TIME 12+ CR. 52.1% PART-TIME 6-11 CR. 33.5%
ENROLLMENT STATUS NEW, NON-DEGREE 1.0%
NEW FRESHMEN 0.3%
CWE STUDENT POPULATION STATUS
NEW TRANSFER 15.4% RE-ENTRY STUDENT 11.6% CONTINUING STUDENT 71.7%
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Photos: Elena Romero
QUEST UPDATE THINGS COULDN’T BE BETTER FOR QUEST LIFELONG LEARNING PROGRAM COMPLETES 17TH YEAR
CWE’s Nina Woods, Alessandra Benedicty and Quest Vice President Michael Wellner
uest, the CWE/CCNY Community For Lifelong Learning completed its 17th successful year. Membership now reaches almost 200 with
most participating in over 38 different courses.
All smiles at the annual Quest luncheon
year the progress can be seen and the quality of the work improves. Over the years, Quest members have learned presentation skills and many are applying newly achieved knowledge of Power Point to their offerings.
This year saw the addition of several new courses including “Exploring
In addition, several members formed a series of hands-on classes in
the Human/Animal Connection”, “New York City, Its History, Heritage and
various computer program skills which was very successful.
Heart”, “World of Choices”,
“A History of Architecture” and “Science
and Math for Everyone”. The governing Council was expanded to eleven members and met monthly through the year with over 90% attendance. This past year, Quest saw the addition of three new members to the Council: Doreen Demartini, Roy Clary and Carloyn McGuire. Additionally, Quest re-elected Marilyn Rosen and Steve Allen to the Council and elected June Dwyer as the newest Council member. Michael Wellner was elected to vice president; Jim Slabe was re-elected to treasurer, Marian Friedmann was re-elected to secretary. As always, this year’s edition of Q Review, the Quest Literary and Art Magazine, was a tremendous success and was well received by all. Each
Seven times each semester, Quest is host to a guest speaker. This past year saw participation from well known figures from the arts, academia and business world. Often these Wednesday afternoon presentations filled the auditorium to capacity. Quest has begun the process of having Hearing Loop technology installed in all classrooms and the auditorium to facilitate audio reception to the hearing impaired. Once again, Quest has had a very successful year and is proud to be an integral member of the CWE/CCNY family. Attendees of the annual Quest luncheon held may 16 at Battery Park gardens
uest founding member and friend of the Center Mr. Robert G. Hartmann
education. At least one Hartmann Scholarship will be awarded each year. In
has established a scholarship fund of $120,000 for students in the
spring 2012, the first scholarship recipient was named. Ayanna Richberg
Division of interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education. The
was awarded this first scholarship which will cover both her fall 2012 and
Hartmann Scholarship Fund will provide full tuition scholarships for students
spring 2013 tuition. The Dean, faculty, staff and students wish to thank Mr.
who have the greatest financial need and the determination to continue their
Hartmann (Bob) for his generosity and consideration.
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CONFERENCES WOMEN & WORK IN THE AMERICAS CWE HOSTS A SYMPOSIUM ON GENDER, LABOR, IMMIGRATION AND HUMAN RIGHTS immigration, labor and work, Latin America, and race, class and gender. Her current research is on Wal-Mart in Chile, where she lived for seven months while on a Fulbright scholarship. The lecture was followed by a panel discussion on issues facing immigrant women workers in the US held by scholars and activists. Speakers included Alyshia Gálvez (Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies, Lehman College/ CUNY); Joycely n Gill-Campbell (Outreach Coordinator, Domestic Workers United); Ruth Milkman (Sociology, Murphy Institute and the CUNY Graduate Center); and Susanna Rosenbaum (Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies, Rutgers University). The closing lecture discussed “Global Women Workers: Life in and after Trafficking into Forced Labor” and was presented by Denise Brennan, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Georgetown University.
A cocktail reception/opening reception for
Andrea Arroyo’s “Feminina” exhibit, ended the day’s activities.
Colloquium on Hispanic Literature in New York Hosted at CWE Latino Artists Round Table (LART) and The City College of New York’s Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education hosted the first international colloquium on Hispanic literature originally written in Spanish in New York, October 14 and 15, 2011. Over the course of two days, the colloquium provided an overview of literary work written in Spanish by Hispanics residing in New York from the 19th century to present. A series of panels and roundtables as well as book presentations by publishing houses Editorial Campana and Artepoética Press took place with about 250 attendees ranging from students, writers to academics.
symposium exploring issues facing women workers across the Americas, including Wal-Mart workers in Chile, sex workers in Cuba and the Dominican Republic, and immigrant women workers in the
US, became the topic of CWE’s most recent Women & Work Conference. This year’s conference entitled Women & Work in the Americas was sponsored by the MA Program in the Study of the Americas, the Dean of
The keynote speaker for the colloquium was Dominican-American writer and educator Daisy Cocco De Filippis, president of Naugatuck Valley Community College. Dr. De Filippis previously served as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College of the City University of New York. It was the fourth conference hosted by LART. Its previous conferences have been held at New York University and in the Dominican Republic.
the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education, the Frances S. Patai Fund, and the CCNY Women’s Studies Program. The one-day conference organized by Kathlene McDonald, Chair, Department of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the Center for Worker Education, hosted several lectures, panel discussions and an art reception as part of its activities. The Conference opened with “Wal-Mart in Chile: Women, Organizing and Resistance” presented by Carolina Bank Muñoz, an Associate Professor of Sociology at Brooklyn College/CUNY and the author of Transnational Tortillas: Race, Gender and Shop Floor Politics in Mexico and the United States, winner of the Terry book award. Her areas of research are Photo: Elena Romero
Carolina Bank Muñoz discussing Wal-Mart in Chile.
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CONFERENCES PUSH FOR HIP HOP IS HIP HOP HISTORY? CONFERENCE & READING HIP HOP LECTURE SERIES BUILD FOLLOWING IN BOTH ACADEMIC AND MUSIC COMMUNITIES McDaniels, Vinnie Brown of the Grammy award-winning rap group Naughty by Nature, deejay/producer Pete Rock to scholars such as Mark Anthony Neal (professor of African and African American Studies, Duke University), Bakari Kitwana (journalist, activist and political analyst) and author DaxDevlon Ross. “We have found tremendous success with our “sampling” from the perspective of our working adult students (who have grown up with hip-hop culture) as well as the general public, who have attended many of our events,” said Warren Orange, one of the conference’s co-founders. “Our conferences and the two courses are the primary means that we have used to promote our goals.” Dean Juan Carlos Mercado, IAS Chair Kathlene McDonald, DJ/Producer Pete Rock and conference cofounder Elena Romero
The conference re-conceptualizes the hip-hop community to include scholars, students and artists. “We attempt to always address the four elements of hip-
ip-hop pedagogy has become an established entity in academia. In
hop: the deejay, the graffiti artists, b-boys/b-girls and Mcees (rappers),” said
addition to a growing vibrant literature and select course offerings,
Elena Romero, conference co-founder. “Each gathering presents a hip-hop
hip-hop now boasts a Hip-Hop Education Center (H2ED Center) at
pioneer as well as a prominent academic as a keynote speaker.”
New York University and hip-hop archives at Ivy League universities including Harvard and Cornell. The City College of New York (CCNY) through CWE has been offering many possibilities for pedagogical innovations across and beyond the traditional academic spectrum.
The conference takes place over the course of two days. It commences with a legendary hip-hop pioneer leading a keynote address. A hip-hop pioneer is defined as a person who has made significant contributions to the hiphop culture or movement with a minimum of 15 years of experience in the
For the past three years, CWE has promoted hip-hop as part of its
hip-hop business. The second keynote speaker stems from the academic
interdisciplinary studies through several course offerings including “History,
realm and is generally someone that has distinguished themselves through
Culture and Politics of Hip Hop” and “Reading Hip-Hop: Off the Records,
the publishing of work on or about hip-hop. Last, but not least, CWE provides
In the Books” lecture series as well as its annual “Is Hip Hop History?”
a forum for young up-and-coming scholars to present their research through
conferences held every February in celebration of Black History Month. Its
presentations and panels. Students have hailed from New York (New York
efforts in the study of hip-hop have drawn legends such as veejay Ralph
University) to Canada (McGill University). The third annual “Is Hip-Hop History?” Conference, which took place February 24-25, 2012 focused on “The battle” as a classic hip-hop theme, with its own popular dialectics. The hip hop pioneer keynote speaker was the legendary deejay and producer Pete Rock and author Dax-Devlon Ross, Esq. served as this year’s academic scholar. Ross is the author of “The Nightmare and the Dream: Nas, Jay-Z and the History of Conflict in African-American Culture.”
CCNY President Lisa S. Coico Backs Hip Hop CCNY President Lisa S. Coico graciously donated $10,000 to support the 3rd Annual “Is Hip Hop History?” Conference held February 2012. A special thank you to President Coico for her generous contribution, which made this event possible. Her incredible support is greatly appreciated. CCNY CWE Alumni Group also provided a donation of $250 towards the conference. B-Girl Odylle Beder
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Warren Orange, Emery Petachauer, Henry Chalfant, Jun Nunez, Elena Romero and Dax-Devlon Ross, Esq.
Reading Hip-Hop: Off the Records, In the Books Lecture Series “Reading Hip Hop: Off the Records, In the Books” provides a forum for
CWE’s Warren Orange and author Joe Schloss
discussion with authors who chart what we know and understand about hip-hop. The first series made its debut September 9 through December 2, and addressed a variety of subjects including hip-hop fiction, the business of hip-hop, music sampling, fashion, music politics and culture. “Hip-hop continues to make an indelible mark in all areas of art and entertainment,” said Warren Orange, Adjunct Lecturer of the “Reading Hip Hop” course and co-founder of the “Is Hip Hop History?” annual conference.. The series served as a pre-cursor to the Center’s annual spring “Is Hip-Hop History?” conference. “In line with its often forgotten element, knowledge, the number of books about the subject is also increasing. The six authors are a testament to why hip-hop continues to capture so many imaginations.”
Left - Kevin McMahon AKA DJ Kool Kev, Right - Emery Petachauer
Similar to the Center’s successful Book Talk Lecture Series, the Reading Hip-Hop series is structured as a four-credit undergraduate course and public lecture forum. “The Reading Hip-Hop Lecture Series provides a unique experience to our students by bringing hip-hop scholars and experts to our campus,” said Dean Juan Carlos Mercado. “Each lecture will address a different component of hip-hop history.” Lecture series speakers included Dr. Jared A. Ball, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Morgan State University and host of FreeMix Radio. Dr. Ball, who was a speaker at last year’s “Is Hip-Hop History?” Conference, discussed his book “I Mix What I Like: A Mixtape Manifesto.” Other lecturers included former Source magazine journalist Dan Charnas; Valerie Joyner, television writer for hit television shows including In Living Color, The Wayans Bros and The Jamie Fox Show; Joseph G. Schloss, visiting scholar and adjunct assistant professor of music, New York University; and former DNR/WWD editor Elena Romero, who currently serves as communications coordinator and adjunct lecturer at the Center. CWE’s Elena Romero, author Dan Charnas and CWE’s Warren Orange
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LECTURE SERIES PLANTING THE SEEDS
erry Carlson, Professor, Director of the Cinema Studies Program in the Department of Media and Communication Arts at The City College and member of the faculty of Film, French, and Comparative
Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center as well as Alessandra Benedicty, Assistant Professor, Caribbean and Francophone Literature, Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education were awarded a City SEEDS grant from the Office of the President at the City College of New York. Their research project, “Aesthetic and Cultural Expressions of African-Derived Religions,” sought to reveal how Vodou, Santería and Candomblé heavily inform cultural practices in major urban spaces across the Western hemisphere, especially along the Atlantic. Their project hinged on breaking down the binary that opposes the ‘religious’ to the ‘secular.’ In so doing, their work contributed to the creation of new discursive spaces through which to consider and study the under-theorized interpenetration of European and African thought systems in the Hemispheric Atlantic. As part of the grant, in the Fall semester of 2011, thanks to support from the City SEEDS, Dean Juan Carlos Mercado, and the Center for Worker Education faculty and staff, they organized and hosted an extremely successful semester-long lecture series that created not only a dialogue, but a community. Through nine lectures hosted mostly at CCNY’s downtown campus at the Center for Worker Education, Benedicty and Carlson created a community, that sought to carve out new epistemologies to theorize the importance of African-derived traditions in urban spaces. At each lecture they had between 40 and 110 attendees, from the beginning to the end of the semester. The community that they created included academics from throughout the tri-state area, public intellectuals, respected community leaders, and performers. The lecture series enabled them to create bridges with researchers at the Graduate Center, notably the Center for the Humanities and the Caribbean Epistemologies Seminar, as well as Barnard College, Columbia University. For more information, visit www.transcarib.org .
(Left Row, Top to Bottom) Mama Lola and Donald Cosentino, Ned Sublette, Stephen Selka, Berta Jottar, Román Diaz, Carlyle Van Thompson (Right Column, Top to Bottom) Yvonne Daniel, Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert, Alexander LaSalle, Lyn Di Iorio, Colin Dayan, Rachael Miller Benavidez
Book Talk Lecture Series Continues to Grow The Fall 2011 lecture series was the seventh in a series titled “Book
opportunities to explore issues such as poverty, education, physical
Talks” pioneered by Dean Juan Carlos Mercado to feature the work of
design of children’s spaces, the role of media and the institutionaliza-
authors both from CCNY and from other universities. The next lecture
tion of young children. Students will be able to attend a series of lec-
series will take place in the Fall 2012 semester and is titled Book Talk:
tures by authors in the field of the studies of childhood and use these
The Child. In this hybrid course taught by Professor Elizabeth Mathews,
talks as a spring board for class discussions. The culminating project
students interested in the interdisciplinary study of the child will have
for the class will be an analysis of an issue impacting children.
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STUDY ABROAD BIENVENIDOS A BUENOS AIRES TWO GRADUATING CWE STUDENTS HEAD TO ARGENTINA FOR SIX CREDITS OF LEARNING
hile New Yorkers were celebrating a winter New Year’s Eve in the big city, two City College Center for Worker Education (CWE) graduating students celebrated a summer New Year’s
Eve in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Jessica LeBron and Jane O’Connor both took advantage of the winter study abroad program in Argentina at Universidad Nacional Tres de Febrero (UNTREF) from January 1- 22, 2012. The program offered four classes where students earned a total of six credits in three weeks towards their undergraduate degree. LeBron, studied “Spanish 225 Intermediate Spanish & Aspects of Argentinean Culture”; this allowed her to earn six credits and fulfill her Spanish requirements. O’Connor studied “Human Rights in Argentina in the 1970’s and Eva Perón’s Story.” The classes were taught in English and she fulfilled her elective requirements. The programs cost of $2,250, covered tuition, health insurance, housing (homestays), breakfast, dinner, and excursions (airfare not included).
Casa Rosada-the official executive mansion and office of the President of Argentina
Classes were held Monday through Friday with one class held in the morning and one in the afternoon usually ending between 3:00 - 4:00pm. Each day after class UNTREF scheduled a field trip, tango lesson or excursions. LeBron first learned of the winter study abroad program during her first semester at CWE in 2011. She met a classmate, Brian Easy, who had participated that year in the study abroad program to Buenos Aires. At the time, the study abroad program seemed impossible for LeBron, who was working full-time as a print analyst at Publicis - Zenith Media and attending CWE full-time. When she learned that she was going to be laid off that changed everything. “I decided that I would accelerate my classes at CWE to graduate in spring 2012 and put my employment on hold until after graduation,” LeBron stated. “Being laid off has been a blessing in many ways. I was able to take full advantage of a not so fortunate event.”
Jane O’Connor, Jessica LeBron and Carla Louis in Puerto Madero on New Year’s Eve
O’Connor applied to the winter study abroad program to increase her speaking skills in Spanish and to complete her graduation requirements for spring 2012. “I felt that this would be a perfect fit for my educational endeavors,” O’Conner said. She learned about the Buenos Aires program through the bulletins and postings displayed in school. LeBron and O’Connor met at CWE in summer 2011 while taking MATH 150. In the fall of 2011, they decided to travel together and ended up being the only CWE students to take advantage of the study abroad opportunity. “Every time we saw each other, we would count down the days to our trip,” said O’ Connor. LeBron’s and O’Connor’s homestay was with Delia Diehl Gainza, a local Argentinean woman, who has hosted over 100 students from North America “Delia’s home was the perfect place for two adult women. We felt at home the very first day,” said LeBron, of Gainza, who lived in a three-bedroom apartment. LeBron was the 108th student for Gainza and O’Connor was her 109th student to stay with her
Statue in plaza de Mayo commemorating May 25, 1810 Revolution
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STUDY ABROAD (CONTINUED) BIENVENIDOS A BUENOS AIRES TWO GRADUATING CWE STUDENTS HEAD TO ARGENTINA FOR SIX CREDITS OF LEARNING over the last 15 years. However, this was Gainza’s first time hosting a homestay for adult students. “I usually host students ranging from 18 - 22 years of age,” she said. “I only host homestays for women.” They both loved Gainza’s cooking. “Delia made the most amazing Argentinean meals,” stated O’Connor. Neither woman were picky eaters and they asked Gainza to only make them traditional Argentinean meals, which she happily obliged. “Each night dinner was a surprise.” Gainza (Argentinean) only speaks Spanish, LeBron (Puerto Rican) speaks Spanish fluently, and O’Connor (Irish) and is learning Spanish. Yet, Gainza and O’Connor were able to communicate just fine. The students visited many museums including el Museo Evita, a mansion where Eva Perón started a home for single mothers; el Museo de Arte Latinomericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA), Centro Cultural Borges, Museo Xul Solar, Museo del Mate , Cabildo, Manzana de Las Luces, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Escuela de Mecánica de la Armada
Carla Louis, Jessica LeBron and Jane O’Connor at Siga la Vaca Parrilla in Puerto Madero
(ESMA) and Museo Histórico. They also visited, Plaza San Martín, Plaza del Congreso, and Playa de Mayo. LeBron’s favorite monument was the Obelisco, located in la Plaza de la República while O’Connor became fond of a barrio called La Boca. LeBron and O’Connor also visited la Casa Rosada (the pink house), the official executive mansion and office of the President of Argentina; Puente de la Mujer, located in Puerto Madero; and Estancia Santa Susana, a ranch and museum; and Jardín Zoológico and Jardín Botánico Carlos Thays. Both ladies made sure to explore several neighborhoods including Palermo Soho, Microcentro, Palermo, La Boca, San Telmo, Tigre and Barrio Chino. Both made sure to eat at the oldest café in the country Café Tortoni. They also had the chance to go to Recoleta cemetery where Perón is buried. And if this trip didn’t seem busy enough, the students managed to head to Colonia, Uruguay by ferry (an hour ride long) and added another stamp to their passports. Plaza de Mayo
CUNY students at the Universidad Nacional Tres de Febrero (UNTREF)
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Matthew Murray, Jessica LeBron and Jane O’Connor waiting for the subte (train)
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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT HEAD OF THE CLASS MARGARITA KRAVCHENKO IS NAMED CWE’S FIRST DIVISIONAL VALEDICTORIAN Kravchenko learned about CWE through her union representative at local 2179. She started attending classes in 2008 and had Jason Chappell as her academic advisor. Kravchenko, like many of CWE students, worked while attending CWE at night. At first, she took two classes a semester because the only time she had to read was on the subway on her way to work or subway back home and sometimes on her lunch break. “At first it was hard to get into the rhythm of things,” she said. “I got laid off in 2010, and I decided to devote my time to my studies.” A 4.0 student, Kravchenko was named CWE’s first divisional valedictorian. “I enjoyed CWE for several reasons including the student body and the variety of courses offered,” she said. “Going back to school was totally worth it.” As a recent graduate, Kravchenko is hoping to land a job in the publishing industry and looking to study library science in grad school. “My life goal is to never stop learning; I am a firm believer in the power of knowledge and its ability to make one a better and more complete person,” she said.
Margarita Kravchenko: 4.0 student at CWE
argarita Kravchenko was born in the former Soviet Union (Kaliningrad, Russia) and lived there the first twenty years of her life. She relocated to the United States a month before 9-11.
“Moving to the States was mother’s idea,” recalled Kravchenko,30, who currently lives in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. “She wanted something differ-
ent, better for us. I can’t say we were poor but we were not well off. She thought moving here would change our status for the better. America is the land of opportunity. It is true but you have to work like a horse.” Her first few years in the States, Kravchenko opted to work to help support her family rather than going to school. Kravchenko had previously studied management for three years in her native country. When the time came to return to school, Kravchenko decided to study something different. “I didn’t like my studies over there. In the education system there you are assigned subjects you have to learn. There were some electives but not nearly as much as they have here. Subjects like
Margarita and her boyfriend Luke on the beach
statistics, mathematics. I’m not good at those sort of subjects. I like humanities and prefer history and art.”
(Left) Margarita with her grandparents - (Right) Margarita and Katuriks
Margarita and the girl next door
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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT THE THIRD TIME’S A CHARM THERESA ANNE FALCÓN GRADUATES CWE AND BECOMES ITS FIRST DIVISIONAL SALUTATORIAN attendees.
“After graduation, I plan
to continue my education in Graduate School. I plan to obtain a Master’s Degree in
Education as well as work towards my BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analysis) and my doctorate.” In addition, she will continue to work as a head teacher at a day care center that serves children who live in a homeless and/or domestic violence shelter. Her drive is fueled by her desire to be the best she can be at helping children move beyond any limitations as early in life as possible. Falcón knows firsthand that early
intervention can change the trajectory of
Theresa doing a cooking lesson with her students
n June of 1992, Theresa Anne Falcón graduated high school and attended Bay Path College, in Longmeadow, Massachusetts in order to
a child’s life and she aims to bring that support to children who have few other avenues for help.
study Early Childhood Education. “I loved the school but unfortunately
Falcón also helps run a sports program in Lower Manhattan for over 300
my parents were on the verge of a separation and I had to return home,”
children, mentors high school students who are applying to college, serves
she recalled. “Never giving up my dream on obtaining a college degree,
as a learning leader at her son’s school and volunteers in the religious
I immediately enrolled at Marymount Manhattan College and selected a
education program at her church. “It is important for me to share my story
major in Finance. It was not an education program, but I knew that this
on how long it has taken me to finish college and all the obstacles I had
was going to help me eventually establish a solid career, if not establish
to overcome,” Falcón said. “Every moment is a learning experience that is
true for the children as well as for me.”
Falcón like many people, tried to work full time and go to school full time but it was an unsuccessful venture. Ultimately, she had to put school on hold and join the workforce full time. However, she spent several years thinking how she could return to school. In 2000, Falcón decided to go back to school and selected CWE. “It fit my schedule and had an Early Childhood Education Program,” said Falcón, who was working as a substitute teacher and was in a long-term relationship that eventually transitioned into marriage. Once her son Jimmy was born in 2002, Falcón found herself once again, putting school on hold. Concerned about her son’s development at age two, Falcón had her son evaluated and it was determined that he had a speech delay and emotional disturbance. “At that point, I became very
Theresa at CWE’s Awards Ceremony held May 21
involved with the special education process and my child’s development,” she said. Falcón waited until her child entered the public school system in 2007 to finish what she once started. After 19 years of attending three different colleges in two states, Falcón can proudly say she is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. She is proud to be an AmeriCorp alumna and Kennedy Fellow. Her presentation on Applied Behavior Analysis at the 2011 CUNY Early Childhood Student Conference won high praise from
Theresa and her husband Jimmy
Theresa and her son Jimmy
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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT WORKING CLASS HERO LESTIEL LOPEZ DISCOVERS HER NEXT CALLING WHILE ATTENDING CITY COLLEGE AND WORKING WITH VETS
ome people who serve in the military are fresh out of high school. For many, it’s a way out from their current life of poverty, unstable homes or not enough money to attend college. For Lestiel Lopez, her reasons
for joining the service were very different. Lopez, a 32-year-old Dominican and Costa Rican woman, knew she wasn’t going to college since the age of 15 after meeting a family that would change her life’s course. While vacationing at 15 with friends in Virginia Beach, VA, Lopez met a family with two daughters returning from the Navy. After hearing about their experiences overseas, Lopez decided that she wanted to serve her country too. While all her friends were applying for college and preparing
Lestiel with fiancée Korey and son , Miguel
for the SAT’s, in her junior year Lopez applied for Armed Services Vocational
Aboard (CVN 74) John C. Stennis aircraft carrier during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001
Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test. She passed and started Navy boot camp on Nov. 9, 1999. After three months of boot camp she began her journey on USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) ship, an aircraft carrier. “Life was great in the service,” she said. At the time when Lopez joined there were no major war conflicts. “My first year on the ship, I visited Rome, Dubai, Australia and Hawaii. Being a city girl, ship life was pretty easy to adjust to.” Lopez served five years active duty in the Navy as an aircraft captain, which meant she was responsible for the electrical maintenance of aircrafts. She enjoyed servicing planes and being in charge. She returned home to New York City in November 2004 and served three years inactive, making her total time with the military eight years. “When I returned home, I felt awkward and weird,” Lopez said, speaking of her adjustment to civilian life. So, Lopez decided to return to school. She enrolled in the Arts Institute (AI) and studied culinary arts & restaurant management where she graduated with an Associates degree. She was able to attend AI because of the Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30), which entitled her to receive a $1,000 stipend per month to help pay for school and living expenses. Lopez still had to take out loans to cover the rest of her tuition and living expenses. Upon graduation, Lopez worked at several high end restaurants including Asia de Cuba, Mercat, & Hallo Berlin as a sous chef and
Graduation picture from aviation electrician school in Pensacola, Florida
general manager. She also gained valuable experience working her family’s restaurant, Lali in Hell’s Kitchen. Lopez decided she wanted to complete a bachelor’s degree since she was eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33), which pays full tuition for fulltime students and gives a $2700 monthly living stipend. She enrolled in City College in 2010 and unfortunately had to withdraw because she did not do well in her classes. As a result, she ended up owing the military the tuition that was paid. Lopez took a year off from school until she knew exactly what she wanted to do with her education. During this time she met Welby Alcantara, a veteran coordinator at The of City College. He suggested she attend the Center for Worker Education and she did just that. She began working at the Office of Veterans Affairs as a work-study student in Fall 2011 and simultaneously enrolled at the Center. “I love my job because I am able to help returning veterans receive all their benefits and make sure they don’t make the same mistakes I made,” said Lopez, who currently lives in Washington Heights with her fiancée Korey Kelly and her 3-year-old son Miguel. “The transition period is the hardest time and I want to help my fellow vets the way Welby helped me.” Lopez found comfort both at the City College Veterans office and the Center for Worker Education. “The people at the Veteran’s office understand me and life while in the service,” said Lopez, who will become treasurer of The City College Veteran’s Association this fall. “I love CWE’s flexibility and the fact that I’m in college studying with adults. I feel it’s very nurturing. The students
Lestiel receiving a “Good Conduct Award” on November 8, 2012 at NAS (Naval Aviation Station) Oceana
and the faculty are inspiring and that motivates me to succeed.”
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TEACHING HIGHLIGHTS STUDENTS AT WORK PROFESSORS ASSIGN FINAL PROJECTS THAT PUSH THE BOUNDARIES OF LEARNING
ompleting school after a long hiatus can be difficult, but students at the Center are finding classes rewarding, especially because so many professors approach student projects with hands-on experi-
ence in mind. In Prof. Ursela Levelt’s “Women and Law” class, for example, students were asked to conduct a survey in spring 2012. Students designed survey questions on a number of public policy issues ranging from education, public health, child care to social security. The idea was to see whether, if it were up to women, laws would be very different. Students collected responses to the survey and entered these into a database resulting in a pool of 261 respondents. The data was aggregated based on gender and other sociological markers such as race, income, and education. The students then had to interpret the results for the various issues, locating gender or other gaps, and provide a possible interpretation for the existence or non-existence of the gap based on their own experience and the readings assigned in class. Their findings were reported in a term paper. Pronounced gender gaps were found requiring women to watch a sonogram before deciding to have an abortion, the importance of women, in particular Hispanic women, running for office, and the cost of child care. Another interesting finding was that Latinos, male or female, felt more favorable about child care by family members or stay-at-home mothers than any other group.
Zine/ graphic novels produced by students in Joanna Hermann’s “Writing Children’s Literature” course
logical thinking while analyzing statistical data. In an informal anonymous evaluation, students overwhelmingly supported the assignment and said they preferred it over a final exam or a literature paper. Joanna Clapps Herman’s “Writing Children’s Literature” course involved reading, writing and critical understanding of the use of narrative and poetry in children’s literature. Students were required to critically read and analyze classic popular children’s books from the past and present. The course gave students the opportunity to make their own children’s books. Students were responsible for not only writing the story but physically
Students learned how difficult it is to design good survey questions, how
making the book themselves. “We had to look at unconventional ways to
respondents want to engage in interaction about the survey questions, how
making books,” said Sheila Romero, a student in the class who created
men and women think much more alike than they assumed, and to use
a traditional book, a zine and a round pop-up book. “We looked at more creative ways.” Herman brought former students into her class to discuss how they tackled the class assignment. “They had done beautiful books— pop up books, scroll books, books that didn’t look like books. “The skies were the limit,” added Romero. “We didn’t have any specific rules as to how to make it. You relied on pure imagination. Whatever you wanted to do, you created it.” Students were required to develop a sample of a graphic novel and zine based on real-life stories. While students were provided pamphlets on making books, it was completely up to the students to figure out the approach they would take for their creations. Nina Woods, a student in Herman’s class, found the course motivating, extremely hands-on and creative. “The professor was able to nurture students to open up to something that they possibly never thought they could do,” Woods said, noting that the majority of the students were parents, teachers, and older adults. Woods created a children’s book, a zine and a mini-folding book. “She really opened the door to students.” Vincent Benedetto’s “Art On and Off the Wall” course was designed
Sample of children’s books made by students in Joanna Herman’s “Writing Children’s Literature” course
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to acquaint students with a range of art related encounters and the
Photos: Cel Garay - Xcel Photo
Nina Woods and Sheila Romero
creative process. The course presented learning opportunities designed to encourage and engage students in thinking about and participating in the artistic process through interactions with materials, methods and discussion with colleagues. Artistic thinking and the development of criticism and artistic vocabulary and language was pursued via activities, practice, reflections, research, a museum visit, and exposure to art of various kinds. The end result was an amazing collection of artwork developed by students who had very little experience making art outside of the course. Students produced beautiful illustrations, paintings, prints, sketches, and later showcased them as part of their class finale at the Center. Elena
entrepreneurial spirit of communication students. Many students opted to develop press kits and media campaigns for either their existing small businesses or businesses in development. Vincent Dipilato developed a kit for desired soups and pretzel food truck while Tracy-Ann Wilson envisioned owning a co-ed boxing gym in the Bronx. Students like Jessica Lebron, Melissa Hayes, Nikisha Lewis, Melody DeLeon, Eridania Marte and Lashana Nicolarakis-Simmons promoted existing small businesses such as two food catering services, a fashion accessory company, a hair salon, a make-up stylist and organic skincare line. “Promoting our own ideas and companies make the projects even more meaningful,” said LeBron, a student in the class who has been helping her friend Carla Lewis promote her catering business, Diva Delish. “Once the projects are done, we can put them into practice ultimately helping us grow our businesses. That’s the best kind of homework.”
Student Shannon Ali and her artwork
Photos: Elena romero
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STAFF SPOTLIGHT MOVING ON UP THREE CWE STAFF MEMBERS GET PROMOTED TO INTERIM POSITIONS THIS SPRING Trisha Baboolal, Interim Academic Advisor/
Nina Woods was promoted to Interim Office Manager and her position
opened up, Khan was handpicked as her ideal replacement.
Coordinator Trisha Baboolal joined CWE as office manager in 2008. She has experience on both sides of the academic coin. Up until March 2012, she served as CWE’s office manager and by night, while working towards her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York by day. “I enjoy being a part of the CWE family and working with the students, faculty and staff,” said Baboolal, who migrated to the United States from Trinidad and now resides in Long Island. “The atmosphere and setting of the Center makes this job a unique experience.” Baboolal’s decision to pursue her education in the States brought her to York College, where she earned a baccalaureate degree in psychology. When Dominic Stellini, former academic advisor/ recruitment coordinator/graduation coordinator at the Center became Interim Director of Collaborative Programs at the City College of New York, Baboolal
Currently, Khan works with Dean Juan Carlos Mercado, IAS Chair Kathlene McDonald and Davi Saroop, Administrative Services Coordinator. In this position, Khan is responsible for processing invoices, making appointments for the Dean, sending information to all the adjuncts, sending teaching agreements/webgrade information, and conducting special mailings on behalf of the Dean and Chair. Khan reports to Mercado, McDonald and Davi Saroop. “Here at CWE we are like one big family, everyone is so helpful, caring, and supportive” said Khan. “It’s been a smooth transition. Everyone has been very helpful. The Dean’s a nice guy and Kathy is great to work with.” Khan is a candidate for a Bachelor of Science Candidate in Childhood Education for June 2013 at the City College of New York. She hopes to obtain her four-year bachelor’s degree and continue on to graduate school for Higher Education Administration.
was offered the interim position once held by Stellini. Her responsibilities as
Ninoshka Woods, Interim Office Manager
academic advisor are quite different than being an office manager.
Ninoshka Woods, simply known as Nina at the Center, was recently named Interim Office
Her current day-to-day responsibilities include academic advising,
Manager. She replaces Trisha Baboolal, who was
conducting degree audits for liberal arts students and providing the degree
named interim Academic Advisor. Woods reports
verification of graduating students. In addition to those responsibilities,
to Davi Saroop.
Baboolal has also co-organized the second annual CWE graduation convocation with her colleague Elena Romero. “The graduation ceremony
“The transition was not as difficult as it first
entails coordinating the graduation ceremony information and its actual
appeared,” said Woods. “Having worked at the
production,” She said. In addition to those responsibilities, Baboolal is also
Center for five years, I already had the knowledge and experience and the
in charge of recruitment. “I help spread the word about CWE,” said Baboolal,
framework of how the Center works. The main difference is that I have a
who attends transfer fairs within CUNY, conducts workshops with outside
closer interaction with students and facilitating the needs of staff and faculty.”
organizations like the New York City Parks department. “So far, it’s been very exciting and very busy. I’m looking forward to growing, learning more about what I’m doing and also expanding upon it.” Baboolal will begin writing her dissertation in the fall and anticipates graduating in 2014.
Woods is responsible for managing the front desk, the custodial staff and security. She had previously served as the Assistant to Dean Juan Carlos Mercado since September 2007. Woods has had a long history working at City College. For over 10 years, she has worked for a variety of offices including
Liza Khan, Interim Assistant to the Dean
Faculty Relations, the Office of Field Experiences, the School of Education
Liza Khan began as a College Assistant at CWE
and Financial Aid office at the uptown campus. She began her career as
in January 2010. “I was looking for something
a work-study student, then became a college assistant, later, assistant to
that could work with my school schedule, since
the Dean at Faculty Relations, and finally, Assistant to CWE Dean Mercado.
I am a full time student,” Khan said. “I was also
She brings her experience as a student as well as long-term City College
looking for stability.” Since college assistants are
employee to the new position.
the “face” of the front desk, Khan quickly adapted to the needs of the Center. Her responsibilities included answering phone calls, making advising appointments, helping
Woods started at City College as an uptown student and transferred to CWE in 2011. She is completing her Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Human Services at CWE this summer.
answer student questions, and basically making sure everything would run smoothly from an administrative point of view at the front desk. Her hard work did not go unnoticed. When the Dean’s previous assistant
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FACULTY SPOTLIGHT OF THE URBAN MINDSET
“Since I believe that we bring ourselves, our background, our values systems and lived experience to our teaching, scholarly enquiry, and writing, I acknowledge that the conclusions we draw and transmit, are filtered through this kaleidoscope of knowledge,” said Schaller. “Yet, we do use our intellect, specific training, reasoning and critical questioning to come to these conclusions, thereby, opening up the opportunity for cross-validation.” Until age fourteen, Schaller grew up in Germany. On her father’s side, Schaller is the daughter (and granddaughter) of an architect and urban planner who spent years excavating for her the histories of urban places and buildings, deciphering the many social meanings and political perspectives as well as economic realities embodied in the built environment. Her mother, a teacher and scholar, led Schaller to Mount Pleasant at the age of sixteen with a detour through the suburbs of Washington, DC.
usanna Schaller Joins CWE Faculty and Brings her Urban Planning and Latin American Experiences into her Pedagogy. Susanna Schaller came to the Center for Worker Education for the 2011
Spring Semester as Lecturer in Public Administration. She currently teaches the public administration concentration as well as in the MA Studies of the Americas program. She earned her Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University and is a certified urban planner.
She also holds a dual Master’s
the years in Germany, her parents were participants in the student movement and neighborhood social movements that organized against militarism, modeling antiauthoritarian education and confronted bulldozers threatening to tear asunder the fabric of inner city neighborhoods in Cologne, Germany. These formative years without a doubt color the lens through which Schaller perceives life in the city and frames what she sees as the role of urban planning in shaping a city’s built environment, social relations and economic organization as well as governance.
degree in Latin American Studies and Community and Regional Development
Yet, no path follows a straight line; and neither did Schaller’s. At the age of
from the University of New Mexico as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Literature
fourteen, her mother, who is “American,” moved her children to the US to a
from Barnard College. “My MA work grew out of my experience living in the
suburb of DC in Montgomery County, MD. Her family moved to DC, two years
Southern Zone of Costa Rica in 1991 and again for a year and half of fieldwork
later, and Schaller became an avid urbanite. “Nevertheless, when my mother
in the mid 1990’s.”
first took us to the DC neighborhood that would become my first “home” in
Since earning her Ph.D., Schaller has been actively engaged as a planner and community development professional in New York City. Her work has focused on urban governance and economic development as well as small business development and microfinance. She once served as Senior Planner to the Municipal Art Society in New York, worked extensively with a community development credit union in Upper Manhattan, and developed a microenterprise program as well as managed community-visioning projects for
the US, my perception had already shifted. I saw the shattered glass on the sidewalk, the “loitering” men and the “eclectic” commercial corridor; and, I felt out of place,” Schaller recalled. “It took a year at a DC public high school to readjust my vision. And, despite leaving DC for college and again to live in Costa Rica and New Mexico, I returned to DC to work in economic development with a local community development corporation and to explore how different “ideologies of place” become expressed in the micro-politics of urban places.”
a Latino community development corporation in Washington, DC. During the
Schaller’s research has grown out of this trajectory and examines the
fall of 2011, Schaller was fortunate to participate in professional development
intersection of ethnicity, race and class in urban planning discourses and the
workshops as a Faculty Fellow at The City College Colin L. Powell Center for
construction of “ideologies place.”
Leadership and Service that presented her the opportunity to develop a servicelearning course, partnering with the credit union in Upper Manhattan. They will be launching the Economic Development Workshop this coming fall.
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STAFF AND FACULTY HONORS AND ACHIEVEMENTS ACADEMIC YEAR 2011-2012
Carlos Aguasaco, Ph.D.
Studies in Religion/ Sciences religieuses. 41.3 (June 2012): 26 pages.
Review of Trading Places: Colonization and Slavery in Eighteenth-Century
“Sobre ‘El ocaso de la vanguardia’ de Octavio Paz. Mensaje a los poetas latinoamericanos del siglo XXI”. Revista opción 166 ITAM (2011). Forthcoming.
French Culture, by Madeleine Dobie. Journal of Haitian Studies. 18.1 (Forthcoming June 2012): 4 pages. Review of Cultural Globalization and Music: African Artists in Transnational
Escribir en Nueva York: una (po)ética del sujeto en la crisis de la
Networks, by Nadia Kiwan and Ulrike Hanna Meinhof. Society of
modernidad. La Jiribilla Revista de Cultura Cubana 10.532 July (2011).
Francophone Postcolonial Studies Bulletin. (April 2012): 3 pages.
Digital. http://www.lajiribilla.cu/2011/n532_07/532_07.html Invited presentations:
Joanna Clapps Herman, M.F.A.
“Una lectura cartográfica de Decir New York: testigo propio”. VI New York
Book Fair Expo. Queens Museum of Art. New York. October 9, 2011.
After the Manner of Women, Fordham University Press, 2013
“Escribir en Nueva York: una po-ética del sujeto en la crisis de la
modernidad”. Coloquio Internacional: Identidades culturales y presencia
“Stitching Our Voices Together,” Embroidered Lines and Cut
latina en los Estados Unidos. Casa de las Américas. Habana, Cuba. July
Threads: Women’s Domestic Needlework in the Italian Diaspora,
13 & 14, 2011.
Edited by Edvige Giunta and Joseph Sciorra, University of Mississippi Press. Forthcoming.
Venues of public displays or performances:
“Psychic Arrangements,” She is Everywhere! Volume 3: An
Poetry Reading. General Consulate of El Salvador. Brentwood, LI.
Anthology of Writings in Womanist/Feminist Spirituality , Mary
September 30th, 2011.
Saracino. iUniverse February 15, 2012
Video art screenings:
The Anarchist Bastard: Growing Up Italian in America, A
Memoir, SUNY Albany Press, March 2011.
Art Museum of the Americas. Washington, DC. United States. April 26-28, 2012.
Poetry: “His Big Romance,” Two Bridges, Issue # 2, Forthcoming. 2012.
Contemporary Art Gallery Canary Islands Government. El Tragaluz Digital.
“The Smell of Language” Italian Americana, Summer 2012.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Spain. May- September 2012
“Marriage Poem # 2” and “Seen in a Marriage”, Word(s) Spring
Festival Close Up. Cuale Cultural Center. Puerto Vallarta. Jalisco. Mexico.
3, 4, 5 May 2012. The Camagüey International Video Art Festival of Cuba. FIVAC. November 25- 29, 2011. Honors: El boxeador (short story) was one of the ten finalists among more than eight hundred submissions in the IX Concurso Relatos Cortos para Leer en Tres Minutos “Luis Del Val” 2012 (Organized by Ayuntamiento de Sallent de Gállego, Spain). Appointed to the CCNY President’s Council on Inclusion and Excellence (2011-2012) Deborah Edwards-Anderson, Early Childhood Education Coordinator/Academic Advisor M.A. candidate, City College History Department 2012 Sidney Ditzion Award for Best Essay in Social History
Alessandra Benedicty, Ph.D. PUBLICATIONS: “Towards an Intellectual History of Possession: Reading “la crise” as a Textual Space in Vodou and André Breton’s Haitian Lectures and Nadja”.
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Vicki Garavuso, Ed.D. Publications: Research Net: “How can we mentor the cooperating teacher? The politics of other people’s classrooms.” Presentation: Presentation at the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators Conference (Rhode Island), June 2012.
Mary Lutz, Ph.D. Community Survey: “Community Needs Assessment: A Pedestrian Survey of West Harlem,” based on interviews with 1,117 randomly chosen pedestrians in the WEST HARLEM DISTRICT REPRESENTED BY COMMUNITY Board 9.
Kathlene McDonald, Ph.D. Publications: Feminism, the Left, and Postwar Literary Culture. Jackson, MS: UP of Mississippi, 2012.
“Hitler’s Bestiary from the Inside.” Rev. of In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin, by Erik Larson. Against the Current Jan.-Feb. 2012. “Nikki Giovanni.” The Literary Encyclopedia. 15 August 2011. [http:// www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=1759]
Ursula Levelt, J.D. Honoree, for criminal defense work on behalf of Occupy Wall Street arrestees by the Public Interest Law Association of CUNY School of Law, NYC. Writer, “Occupy Labor Law!” Newsletter of the Labor & Employment Committee. National Lawyers Guild, May 2012. www.nlg-laboremploy-comm.org.
Warren Orange, M.A. Co-Organizer, the Third Annual Is Hip Hop History? Conference, , CCNY Center for Worker Education, February 24-25, 2012.
Elena Romero M.S. Co-Organizer, the Third Annual Is Hip Hop History? Conference, , CCNY Center for Worker Education, February 24-25, 2012. Author, Free Stylin’: How Hip Hop Changed the Fashion Industry (Praeger), April 30, 2012.
Susanna Schaller, Ph.D., , AICP Selected Publications and Conference Presentations Schaller, Susanna with Gabriella Modan. 2011. “ Safe and Clean”: Community Reactions to Neighborhood Business Improvement District (NBID) Marketing in a Multi-ethnic Neighborhood. Presented at the RC21 Conference: “The Struggle To Belong. Dealing With Diversity in 21st Century Urban Settings Amsterdam, 7-9 July 2011.
Irina Carlotta (Lotti) Silber, Ph.D. Recipient, 2012 City Seeds grant for “Building Bridges: Indigenous Media.” The interdisciplinary grant is with Campbell Dalglish. Silber, Irina Carlota. 2011. Everyday Revolutionaries: Gender, Violence, and Disillusionment in Postwar El Salvador. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.
Michele Sweeting-DeCaro, M.A. Co-Author, “It’s Possible! Living Beyond Limitations.” Habakkuk Publishing (July 2012)
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DIVISION OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES AT THE CENTER FOR WORKER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONAL FRIENDS AND AFFILIATES The City College Center for Worker Education wishes to acknowledge the many organizations who advocate for higher education for their members, staff and constituents and to thank them for supporting and promoting CWEâ€™s programs for the working people of New York City. 1199/SEIU United Healthcare Workers Alliance for Downtown New York American Express Borough of Manhattan Community College Brooklyn College Graduate CWE Brooklyn New School CCNY Office of Admissions Citigroup City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation Communication Workers, Local 1180 Council of Supervisory Associates CUNY Office Of Admission Services Day Care Local 205, CD 1707 District Council 37, Local 1549 Downtown Lower Manhattan Association Ella Baker School Fire Department of the City of New York First Presbyterian Church Nursery School HealthFirst Hostos Community College John F. Kennedy Jr. Institute for Worker Education at CUNY Joseph Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies Kingsborough Community College LaGuardia Community College Manhattan Country School Manhattan School for Children New York Federal Executive Board NYC Center Labor Council NYC Department of Health and Human Services NYC Housing Authority NYC Transit Authority Professional Staff/Congress/CUNY Quest: Community for Lifelong Learning Teamsters, Local 237 Transport Workers Union, Local 100 U.S. Customs and Border Protection United Federation of Teachers Volunteers of America
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CENTER FOR WORKER EDUCATION DIRECTORY
Center for Worker Education
(212) 925-6625 (212) 925-0963 Fax 25 Broadway, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10004
Juan Carlos Mercado
Assist. to the Dean
Administrative Services Coordinator
Carlos Aguasaco Lecturer, Spanish Ext. 224 email@example.com Alessandra Benedicty
Caribbean and, Francophone Literatures
Associate Professor, English
Assistant Professor, Science
Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Education
Lecturer, Human Services
Elizabeth Matthews Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Education
IAS Department Chair
Assistant Professor, Public Administration
Assistant Professor, Social Science Patai Program
Trisha Baboolal Academic Advisor/Recruitment Coordinator
Financial Aid Assistant
Senior Academic Coordinator
Advisor/Early Childhood Education Coordinator
Advisor/Assistant for Schedule
This is the CCNY-CWE Annual report for 2011-2012